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From a Comfortable Couch In Kyiv

by Oui Wed Jan 10th, 2024 at 09:31:08 AM EST

Boris inspecting his succes story to block any negotiations with the Kremlin in April 2022 ... visiting war cemeteries too Boris and the tens of thousands of wounded in hospitals and revalidation centra?

Dutch trade minister: 'If you don't stop Russia now, they'll go further. It's not just Ukraine' |

The Kyiv Independent: Yeah. Can this be kept up in the long run? We always hear that everybody's going to support Ukraine for as long as it takes, but if we're talking about 2024-2025, The war is not going to end soon. Can we see the maintenance of this kind of support?

Geoffrey van Leeuwen: If you look at the Netherlands, you can clearly see the maintaining of this support. When I talk to my colleagues in Germany, the UK, and our colleagues in the US, you see this commitment.

    Because we knew that it would be a long war.🤥 🤥

So we took that long-term commitment and a lot of the things we are talking about, for instance, our commitment to building up your Air Force with a couple of other countries with F-16.

This would not happen in half a year or a year. This is a multi-year commitment to Ukraine. In my previous position as a security advisor, I negotiated our security commitments with Ukraine.

This is a minimal four- or five-year period, where we plan to build up an Air Force with F-16s capable of being offensively and defensively reliable that stand up to the Russians. But it can happen within a year or even two years, which emphasizes our long-term commitment to Ukraine.

The Kyiv Independent: Is there a limit to the Dutch support of Ukraine? Military speaking and financially speaking?

Geoffrey van Leeuwen: In general, there is always a limit to what we can do. But if you compare to our allies, we are doing a little more than our fair share. We are really leading. We're in every statistics. We're in the top five, six, seven countries in terms of support for Ukraine. But I cannot guarantee you for 20 years that we keep sending you these amounts of money.

I think (the support is strong) because of the moment when we saw these tanks approaching Kyiv in that first week of the (full-scale) war.

Dutch people saw that this was not just some faraway war. I think what evoked is the historical emotions we have as having been an occupied country in World War II by [Nazi] Germany. [Indeed, OUN partisans took part in genocide of Poles and Jews in Galicia, Western Ukraine]

It's not okay. This is upsetting everything that was built after World War II. Our whole stability in safety structures are being tested now. So this was a strong feeling why we have to stop Russia. Because if you don't stop them now in Ukraine, they will go further. It's not just Ukraine.

The Kyiv Independent: In 2016, the Netherlands had a referendum and voted against the EU Association Agreement with Ukraine. And now the Netherlands is one of the top backers of Ukraine. The Netherlands and Denmark are leading the way in training pilots and providing the F-16s. Why, specifically, did your countries take the lead?

Geoffrey van Leeuwen: This war of aggression by Russia has to be stopped, and again, if you don't stop them now, the war will be bigger because, at some point, they will also try to test NATO territory.

The Kyiv Independent: Do you think the United States should have taken the lead on this issue?

Geoffrey van Leeuwen: Well, I think if you look at how much military aid the U.S. has given and how quickly it was given, they made a difference.

I think without U.S. military aid, unfortunately, Kyiv would have fallen in those early weeks. So, I'm not going to criticize the amount of aid the U.S. is given. Without the U.S., we'd be in a difficult situation in Europe.

PM Mark Rutte coaches and supports Zelensky in his courtesy visit to ICC Prosecutor Karim Khan in The Hague on Memorial Day victims of WWII - 4 May 2023.

Hijacking Peace by Zelensky in Visit for War Escalation

Dutch cabinet position reversed when caretaker PM Mark Rutte visits war criminal Bibi Netanyahu in Israel ... 😥 Free Palestine 🇵🇸 🇵🇸 🇵🇸


How well corporate media is sending the message of war, armament and refuse to talk peace or human rights ... it's business before people.

Years ago I warned for NATO US Command led by General Breedlove, his anti-Russia stance and provocation. The military, NATO and the intelligence community trumps decision making above politicians. The EU as a useful idiot for the MIIC - Military Industrial Intelligence Complex. Propaganda, disinformation and manipulation of public opinion. The 1930s are here again. Fascist America and staunch ally Israel setting the tone.

The ICJ will start emergency proceedings tomorrow and Friday on opinion to stop genocide in Gaza. I will be there.

Berlin bans pro-Palestine demonstrations as this May "lead to violence" ... Western media and censorship of war atrocities perpetrated by a close NATO ally. The State of Palestine has no representation in Western corporate news media. IDF censors pre-publication of CNN articles about Palestine. Horror endures in the Apartheid State .... not a true democracy representing ALL its people.

Palestinians in Germany fear new level of repression after Nakba Day crackdown | Mag972 - 21 May 2022 |

Claiming to fight antisemitism, Berlin police arrested 170 people for carrying flags and keffiyehs during a flash mob marking Palestinians' mass expulsion.

U.S. slams 'meritless' Israel genocide suit, reigniting tensions with South Africa | CNBC - 9 Jan. 2023 |

From the diaries …

Berlin Stunned By Aggressive NATO Propaganda On Ukraine | @BooMan on Mar 7, 2015 |

NATO in Afghanistan and Iraq …

Friendly Fire: Another Crack UK Soldier Quits the Illegal Iraq War | Posted by ghandi on March 14, 2006 |

Fighting together for 20 years in Afghanistan creates an unshakeable military bond ...

NATO, 4.0 - Atlantic Alliance Relevance by Mission Change | @BooMan on Feb 15, 2017 |

Additional reading ...

Avoiding a Long War
U.S. Policy and the Trajectory of the Russia-Ukraine Conflict | RAND Corporation |


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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Jan 10th, 2024 at 11:07:05 AM EST

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Jan 24th, 2024 at 02:23:43 PM EST
NATO signs contracts for purchase of 220,000 shells, which may allow sending additional assistance to Ukraine

"NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and General Manager of the NATO Support and Procurement Agency Stacy Cummings signed contracts, reportedly with French company Nexter and German company Junghans Defense, on January 23 for the purchase of about 220,000 155mm artillery shells worth $1.2 billion ... It is unclear if the contracts are meant to allow NATO to send additional ammunition to Ukraine or to fill NATO's own ammunition stockpiles," the report reads.


The ISW noted importance of the replenishment of NATO stockpiles as NATO rearmament is necessary to deter - and if necessary defeat - any future Russian attack on NATO's eastern flank, given that Kremlin officials have increasingly threatened NATO member states, and Kremlin-affiliated actors appear to be attempting to sow instability and set information conditions for possible future aggressive Russian actions against NATO members and other post-Soviet states.

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Jan 24th, 2024 at 02:25:07 PM EST
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Russian plane carrying 65 Ukrainian POWs crashed near Belgorod | De Volkskrant |

A Russian transport plane carrying 65 Ukrainian prisoners of war has crashed in the Russian region of Belgorod, near the border with Ukraine. This is reported by the Russian Ministry of Defense. The cause of the crash is not yet clear.

The governor of the Belgorod region reports that there are no survivors. Shortly after the crash, images of the crash appeared on an X account of a Russian blogger who writes a lot about the security services:

The plane was en route to a prisoner exchange, the Russian Defense Ministry said. There were also nine Russian crew members and guards on board the plane.

The Russian parliament speaker, Vyacheslav Volodin, accuses Ukraine of killing its own soldiers.

An earlier version of this report stated that sources in the Ukrainian military claimed responsibility for the crash, according to the Ukrainian newspaper Pravda. Those claims have now been withdrawn by Pravda.

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Jan 24th, 2024 at 05:00:17 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Jan 24th, 2024 at 06:13:07 PM EST
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Самолет с 65 украинскими пленными и девятью россиянами разбился под Белгородом | Interfax - 9 hrs ago | [Google translated]

January 24. Interfax-Russia.ru - The Russian Ministry of Defense reported the crash of an Il-76 military transport aircraft with 65 captured Ukrainian soldiers and nine Russians in the Belgorod region.

"On January 24, at about 11:00 Moscow time, an Il-76 plane crashed during a scheduled flight in the Belgorod region. On board there were 65 captured military personnel of the Armed Forces of Ukraine transported to the Belgorod region for exchange, 6 crew members of the aircraft and 3 accompanying persons," the Ministry of Defense said RF.

According to the department, a VKS commission flew to the crash site to establish the causes of the disaster.

According to the Chairman of the State Duma Committee on Defense Andrei Kartapolov, an Il-76 carrying Ukrainian Armed Forces prisoners of war was shot down in the Belgorod region by three missiles.

"The leadership of Ukraine was well aware of the impending exchange, they were informed about how the prisoners would be delivered, but the Il-76 plane was shot down by three missiles from an anti-aircraft missile system, either Patriot or IRIS T, made in Germany, specialists will sort it out," Kartapolov said in Wednesday at a plenary meeting of the State Duma.

He added that "followed by a second Il-76 plane, which was carrying about 80 more prisoners of war, they managed to turn it around."

The Kremlin has so far refrained from commenting on the crash of the Il-76 in the Belgorod region.

"This is quite new, fresh information. Now we will deal with it. For now, I can't say nothing," Russian Presidential Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Wednesday.

This is how he answered the question whether the president had already been informed about what happened.

The Il-76 military transport aircraft is designed for landing, transporting personnel, cargo and military equipment. Capable of transporting 126 paratroopers with parachutes, 145 personnel in a single-deck version and 225 in a double-deck version. Maximum payload is 48 tons, flight range with a load of 40 tons is 4750 km. Crew - up to 7 people.

Foreign Ministry statement on the destruction of a Russian Il-76 military transport plane

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Jan 24th, 2024 at 06:54:32 PM EST
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Ukrainian intelligence official does not rule out PoWs on downed Russian plane | BBC News |

Asked whether it was possible Ukraine had shot down the military plane, Mr Yusov said: "We do not confirm such information."

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Jan 25th, 2024 at 11:54:23 PM EST
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No surprise whatsoever ...

The destruction of the European Union was in step with expansion of NATO ... and introduction new members initiated by hard talk from the White House ...

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Jan 24th, 2024 at 08:55:23 PM EST
Why Are We in Ukraine? | Harper's - June 2023 |

On the dangers of American hubris

From Murmansk in the Arctic to Varna on the Black Sea, the armed camps of NATO and the Russian Federation menace each other across a new Iron Curtain. Unlike the long twilight struggle that characterized the Cold War, the current confrontation is running decidedly hot. As former secretary of state Condoleezza Rice and former secretary of defense Robert Gates acknowledge approvingly, the United States is fighting a proxy war with Russia.


Assuredly, the nuclear forces of the United States and Russia, ever at the ready, are at a heightened state of vigilance. Save for the Cuban Missile Crisis, the risks of a swift and catastrophic escalation in the nuclear face-off between these superpowers is greater than at any point in history.

To most American policymakers, politicians, and pundits--liberals and conservatives, Democrats and Republicans--the reasons for this perilous situation are clear. Russia's president, Vladimir Putin, an aging and bloodthirsty authoritarian, launched an unprovoked attack on a fragile democracy. To the extent that we can ascribe coherent motives for this action, they lie in Putin's paranoid psychology, his misguided attempt to raise his domestic political standing, and his refusal to accept that Russia lost the Cold War. Putin is frequently described as mercurial, deluded, and irrational--someone who cannot be bargained with on the basis of national or political self-interest. Although the Russian leader speaks often of the security threat posed by potential NATO expansion, this is little more than a fig leaf for his naked and unaccountable will to power. To try to negotiate with Putin on Ukraine would therefore be an error on the order of attempts to "appease" Hitler at Munich, especially since, to quote President Biden, the invasion came after "every good-faith effort" by America and its allies to engage Putin in dialogue.

This conventional story is, in our view, both simplistic and self-serving. It fails to account for the well-documented--and perfectly comprehensible--objections that Russians have expressed toward NATO expansion over the past three decades, and obscures the central responsibility that the architects of U.S. foreign policy bear for the impasse. Both the global role that Washington has assigned itself generally, and America's specific policies toward NATO and Russia, have led inexorably to war--as many foreign policy critics, ourselves among them, have long warned that they would.

As the Soviets quit Eastern and Central Europe at the end of the Cold War, they imagined that NATO might be dissolved alongside the Warsaw Pact. Soviet president Mikhail Gorbachev insisted that Russia would "never agree to assign [NATO] a leading role in building a new Europe." Recognizing that Moscow would view the continued existence of America's primary mechanism for exercising hegemony as a threat, France's president Francois Mitterrand and Germany's foreign minister Hans Dietrich Genscher aimed to build a new European security system that would transcend the U.S.- and Soviet-led alliances that had defined a divided continent.

Washington would have none of it, insisting, rather predictably, that NATO remain "the dominant security organization beyond the Cold War," as the historian Mary Elise Sarotte has described American policy aims of the time. Indeed, a bipartisan foreign policy consensus within the United States soon embraced the idea that NATO, rather than going "out of business," would instead go "out of area."

Additional reading ...

America On Path to Break-up the European Union | 21 May 2018 | 

Very much the theme of the AngloSaxon conservatives joined by the alt-right across the Western world ... once again warmongering coming out of the Pentagon, White House and the National Security Council under leadership of neocon John Bolton.

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Jan 24th, 2024 at 08:56:21 PM EST
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President Bush Visits Bucharest, Romania, Discusses NATO Expansion | NATO Summit - April 2008 |

In June 2001, I came to Europe and spoke to students and faculty at Warsaw University. I reaffirmed America's commitment to a united Europe, bound to the United States by ties of history and trade and friendship. I said that Europe must overturn the bitter legacy of Yalta, and remove the false boundaries that had divided the continent for too long. I declared that "all of Europe's new democracies, from the Baltic to the Black Sea, should have the same chance for security and freedom -- and the same chance to join the institutions of Europe."

I spoke those words on the soil of a nation on the Baltic. Today, a nation on the Black Sea is where I have come to say those words have been fulfilled. The NATO Alliance that meets here this week now stretches from the shores of Klaipeda to the beaches of Neptun. And here in Bucharest, we will extend the circle of freedom even further, by expanding the NATO Alliance to include new members from the Balkans.

As we welcome new NATO allies, we also affirm that the door to NATO membership remains open to other nations that seek it -- in the Balkans and beyond. So at this summit, we will also decide whether to accept the requests of two other Balkan nations, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Montenegro, to begin an Intensified Dialogue with NATO. It's a major step on the road to NATO membership, and it is a step that America fully supports for these two nations. And at our summit tomorrow, we'll also make clear that the door to closer cooperation with NATO is open to Serbia, as well.

This week, our Alliance must also decide how to respond to the requests by Georgia and Ukraine to participate in NATO's Membership Action Plan. These two nations inspired the world with their Rose and Orange Revolutions -- and now they're working to consolidate their democratic gains and cement their independence. Welcoming them into the MATO [sic] -- into the Membership Action Plan would send a signal to their citizens that if they continue on the path to democracy and reform they will be welcomed into the institutions of Europe. It would send a signal throughout the region that these two nations are, and will remain, sovereign and independent states.

Op-ed Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, former Secretary General of NATO 2004-2009

"The West should respect the red lines of Russia" | 7 Jan. 2018 |

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Jan 24th, 2024 at 08:57:34 PM EST
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VDL in Brussels: Zelenskyy and company urgently need next trance delivered at the PrivatBank of Ukraine [$5bn fraud in 2016].

Ukrainian secret service discovers major fraud case involving weapons

Ukraine's SBU security service said on Saturday it had uncovered a corruption scheme in the purchase of arms by the country's military totalling the equivalent of about $40 million.

The announcement of mass procurement fraud, confirmed by Ukraine's Defense Ministry, will have a huge resonance in a country beleaguered by Russia's nearly two-year-old invasion.
The fight to root out endemic corruption remains a major issue as Ukraine presses its bid to secure membership in the European Union.

    The SBU said an investigation had "exposed officials of the Ministry of Defense and managers of arms supplier Lviv Arsenal, who stole nearly 1.5 billion hryvnias in the purchase of shells."

    The company was said to be founded by Yurii Zbitniev, who became one of the youngest members of the Soviet-era unicameral parliament of Ukraine, known Verkhovna Rada, in 1990.

"According to the investigation, former and current high-ranking officials of the Ministry of Defense and heads of affiliated companies are involved in the embezzlement."

The embezzlement, it said, involved the purchase of 100,000 mortar shells for the military.
The SBU said a contract for the shells was clinched with a little-known company called Lviv Arsenal in August 2022 -- six months into the war -- and payment was made in advance, with some funds transferred abroad.

But no arms were ever provided, the statement said, with some funds then moved to other foreign accounts.

Триває очищення системи. СБУ та Нацполіція за сприяння Міноборони вручили підозри причетним до розкрадання майже 1,5 млрд грн на мінометних пострілах

System cleanup in progress. The SBU and the National Police, with the assistance of the Ministry of Defense, handed over suspicions to those involved in the embezzlement of almost 1.5 billion UAH with mortar fire

Additional reading ...

SBU presses charges against MoD officials in UAH 1.5B embezzlement case

Am sure under NATO rules of good governance for all donor nations, further aid will be halted until clarity and prosecution of the guilty is executed. Matter of the masses must suffer for the few.

Precedent Gaza and humanitarian aid supplied by UNRWA: 13,000 workers and 80% of all funding for basic necessities to survive. Europe gladly participating in genocide after ICJ ruling.

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Jan 28th, 2024 at 02:05:05 PM EST

Ukrainian media have tipped Syrskyi and military spy chief Kyrylo Budanov as two possible successors to Zaluzhnyi.

Нова посада для Залужного і кандидати на його заміну: що про "звільнення" головкома пишуть світові ЗМІ

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Jan 31st, 2024 at 10:40:48 PM EST

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